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Visual Studio 2017 new features

What are Visual Studio 2017 new features?

Visual Studio 2017 RC is already out. As with every new release, Microsoft has completely filled in a host of new features, which they hope will make the lives of us developers better and boost our productivity more than what it is now.

Here, I am trying to give you all an overview regarding the features of Visual Studio 2017.

Boosted productivity

Enhancements to code navigation, IntelliSense, refactoring, code fixes, and debugging, saves you time and effort on everyday tasks regardless of language or platform. For teams embracing DevOps, Visual Studio 2017 streamlines your inner loop and speeds up code flow with the brand new real-time features such as live unit testing and real-time architectural dependency validation.

Redefined fundamentals

There is a renewed focus to enhance the efficiency of the fundamental tasks you encounter on daily basis. From a brand-new lightweight and modular installation tailored to your need, a faster IDE from startup to shut down, to a new way of view, edit, and debug any code without projects and solutions. Visual Studio 2017 helps you stay focused on the big picture.

Streamlined Azure development

The built-in suite of Azure tools that enable you to easily create cloud-first applications powered by Microsoft Azure. Visual Studio 2017 makes it easy to configure, build, debug, package, and deploy applications and services on Microsoft Azure directly from the IDE.

Five-star mobile development

With advanced debugging and profiling tools and unit test generation features, Visual Studio 2017 with Xamarin makes it faster and easier than ever for you to build, connect, and tune mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows. You can also choose to develop mobile apps with Apache Cordova or Visual C++ cross-platform library development in Visual Studio.

Visual Studio 2017 new features

Improvements in Visual Studio 2017

Some of the improvements include:

  • The GitHub extension for Visual Studio can be selected in the new Visual Studio installer.
  • Visual Studio has been optimized to reduce startup time and solution load time.
  • Visual Studio now can monitor extension performance that has an impact on startup, solution load, or editing.
  • Reload All Projects has been replaced with Reload Solution to support better performance of switching branches external to Visual Studio.
  • You are now automatically taken to the folder view of your repository after cloning.
  • A new external service host is being introduced; it will replace VSHub.
  • Pre-release license expiration messages more clearly communicate the current license state.
  • The Account Settings dialog is now more accessible to screen readers.
  • The version control status bar makes it easier to publish local repos to an SCC host and keep track of uncommitted and un-pushed work.

Hope it was helpful. Thank you for reading!



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